Content Providers Extort Cable and Satellite Customers

October 1st happened, and it became like a sudden thud for millions of Dish Network customers when Fox Networks decided to pull back their regional sports networks, the National Geographic Channel and FX. Then next month Fox will pull back their broadcast channels if Dish Network can not satisfy Fox’s demands.

These pissing matches have been quite frequent and are becoming quite obnoxious. Even if you leave Dish Network because you are fed up for what is happening, perhaps Time Warner Cable will have another dispute with Disney or Viacom or Fox so there is no quick and easy solution.

The economy is rather challenging right now, and no one wants to see escalating costs on their pay television programming bills. Perhaps we may need to go for the jugular and demand a la carte pricing where the customer chooses what channels they want to subscribe to and they would be billed accordingly so we do not have to worry about high prices. Do not like sports? Then you would not have to worry about having FX and the National Geographic Channel removed from your channel lineup. Senator McCain one of the leading champions of al la carte programming should bring back his proposal.

I do understand Fox’s argument that customers do deserve to get what they pay for, but at what cost should customers have to pay for their networks? If Fox ends up affecting a price increase for customers of Dish Network, then customers may need to pull out from the regional sports networks when the sports they do not care about are not in session just to save a few Lincoln’s.

It is hard to tell who is telling the truth in these public relations situations, but perhaps both companies need to utilize an outside arbitrator to get a fair solution for the customers of Dish Network, and so Fox could keep their viewers to help with advertising.

2 thoughts on “Content Providers Extort Cable and Satellite Customers”

  1. I’ve written a lot about this over the years, but perhaps a basic question can illustrate how messed up all of this is – why does Dish, Time Warner, et al have to pay Fox, Disney, et al to get their programming? Why doesn’t Fox, Disney et al instead have to pay Dish, Time Warner et al for the chance to show the Fox and Disney advertisements to millions of viewers?

  2. I’ve written a lot about this over the years, but perhaps a basic question can illustrate how messed up all of this is – why does Dish, Time Warner, et al have to pay Fox, Disney, et al to get their programming? Why doesn’t Fox, Disney et al instead have to pay Dish, Time Warner et al for the chance to show the Fox and Disney advertisements to millions of viewers?

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